With posthumous permission from the late Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman recently revealed that he is writing a six-part Good Omens miniseries.
Gaiman and Pratchett made all decisions about Good Omens together, so when Pratchett sadly died last year, it seemed as though that the most recent adaptation – a six-part radio play courtesy of BBC Radio – would be the last. The radio adaptation, by the way, was Gaiman’s idea, because he wanted Terry “to be able to enjoy this while he’s still able to”.
However, Gaiman recently revealed (appropriately enough, at a memorial for Pratchett at the Barbican Theater in London) that Pratchett left him a note before he died that gives Gaiman permission to adapt Good Omens “however he sees fit”. So, Gaiman will be bringing Good Omens to the screen personally, writing the script himself, as per Pratchett’s wishes.
Good Omens is a black comedy about the unlikely team-up of angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley attempting to avert the apocalypse and stop the rise of the Antichrist – who, through a serious of hilarious mixups, is a schoolboy growing up in rural England.
This is not the first time a live-action adaptation has been attempted, so we can only hope that this version will at last be successful. Considering the success of the radio play, I think it would be silly not to go ahead with this. With all of the television shows that focus on the end of the world, and with Gaiman’s American Gods – a similarly-themed yet still completely different story – currently filming for STARZ, it seems like the perfect time to bring a more light-hearted look at the apocalypse to viewers.
As of right now, there are no further details about the six-part television miniseries, but you can bet that we will be clinging to any and all news with bated breath.
Now… I want to hear your fancasts! I would love if they brought over some of the voice talents from the radio play, because they did a fantastic job and I’m a fan of a lot of those actors (Colin Morgan, Louise Brealey, Harry Lloyd, just to name a few), but I’m curious if you guys have anyone that you want to see bring these characters to life. Let us know in the comments!
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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